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Jack Hirschman
fragments by Jack Hirschman ~ SIGNED / INSCRIBED w/ Typed First Draft RARE
New York: Privately Printed, 1953. For your consideration is a copy of the exceptionally rare, privately produced printing of "fragments", Hirschman's first published poetry chapbook written in 1953 when he was 20 years old and working as a copy boy for the Associated Press in New York City. He had a full-time night job at the AP after attending school during the day. At this time in his life, he began writing poetry and also completed a novel, which he never offered for publication. Fragments was printed in an edition of 75 copies at a small press near where Hirschman worked for the Associated Press. He distributed the book himself, primarily to friends and family. The book is four-pages in length, containing three poems. The themes contained in this first book are a microcosm of the work Hirschman will produce in the years to come. The first poem is a verbal/visual experiment consisting of a rectangular poem, centered on the page, with letters that run down the page in an unorthodox typographical design. The second poem is a two-page love poem. The third poem is a political poem written for the "guerrillas in the mountains," concerning the Filipino Huk and Cuban revolutionary movements. The political poem is inspired by Hemingway's novel, For Whom the Bell Tolls. Around the time Fragments is published, Hirschman sent some stories he has written to Ernest Hemingway, who was living at Finca Villa, Cuba. Hemingway responded by encouraging Hirschman to continue writing and suggested that he read Stephen Crane, Guy de Maupassant, Ambrose Bierce, Gustave Flaubert, and the early … [Click Below for Full Description]
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